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Upper Hutt Leader : March 14th 2012
15 UPPER HUTT LEADER, MARCH 14, 2012 COURT http://www.upperhuttcity.com/Hot-Seats 844 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt. Ph: (04) 527-2171 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Free, one-on-one information & advice on a variety of topics Law, health, technology, employment, disability services, education & more! Your chance to ask the experts! No appointment necessary - simply pick up a Hot Seat calendar in the Library or check the website for more details. Rider's joy ride costs licence A Christmas motorcycle joy ride around Silverstream has ended in a two-year disqualifi- cation from driving and three months community detention for the rider. Darrell Buck, an unemployed 32-year-old from Wainuiomata, pleaded guilty in January to driv- ing dangerously, to driving while disqualified for a third or sub- sequent time, and to failing to stop for a third or subsequent time. He was sentenced by Judge Peter Hobbs in the Upper Hutt District Court (sitting in Lower Hutt) last week to three months community detention and dis- qualified from driving for 24 months and one day. Prosecuting Sergeant Neill Ford said that 10 days before Christmas, Buck was disqualified from driving for six months. He was spotted, with another person, riding dirt bikes along Whitemans Rd in Silverstream at 6.37pm on Christmas Day. The dirt bikes were not equipped with any lights, indicators or number plates and are for use only off public roads,'' Mr Ford said. Police activated their lights and sirens but Buck failed to stop and accelerated away from the police at more than 75kmh. Buck was pursued around vari- ous parts of Silverstream by police, reaching speeds of more than 100kmh, before he dumped his bike on Tiniroa Grove and ran off into the bush surrounding a property, Mr Ford said. He was found by police dog handlers and arrested. In sentencing, his defence coun- sel Phyllis Strachan said Buck was taking steps to turn his life around and that he had been attending transport and roading courses. He was also in a long-term relationship and before the end of last year had not been before the courts for eight years. Judge Peter Hobbs said Buck had an extensive history of driv- ing offences, including 14 for driv- ing while disqualified. The only thing that is saving you from prison is the positive pre-sentence report, the positive things you are doing in your life and the long gap in your offend- ing.'' He said the aggravating factors were the number of previous convictions and the danger to the public. The two-year disqualification from driving was taken into account in sentencing. Lengthy car pursuit ends in teen's arrest A teenage driver reached speeds of 174kmh trying to outrun police around the Wellington region. Eden Alexander Burney, a 17-year-old with a restricted licence, pleaded guilty in the Upper Hutt District Court (sit- ting in Lower Hutt) to charges of reckless operation of a motor vehicle, excessive breath alcohol for an under 20-year-old, excess- ive breath alcohol over 400 micrograms, driving while forbidden and two charges of fail- ing to stop for police. Police prosecutor Sergeant Neill Ford said at 3am on Janu- ary 28, Burney was seen driving on Taranaki St, in Wellington. He was found by police in a car park in Oriental Bay and a breath test revealed a reading of 467 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. Burney was forbidden to drive for 12 hours by Wellington police and had his keys taken off him before he was released from the police station, Mr Ford said. However, Burney had a spare key and he returned to his car with an associate. The defendant drove his vehicle along Aotea Quay and onto State Highway One which is a sealed road with a speed limit of 100kmh,'' Mr Ford said. A Wellington police unit, which was also travelling north on State Highway One, recognised the defendant's vehicle from the previous inci- dent and attempted to stop the vehicle.'' The police car activated its lights and sirens and Burney pulled over and stopped, but when the police car stopped behind him, he pulled away at speed, Mr Ford said. Police pursued Burney through Ngaio Gorge to Porirua and recorded him travelling at a speed in excess of 106kmh. He had no regard for the other road users who he overtook,'' Mr Ford said. The pursuit was disengaged due to police losing sight of the defendant's vehicle as he headed towards Whitby.'' Burney travelled over Hay- woods Hill and was spotted by an Upper Hutt police car on Moon- shine Hill Rd. The police vehicle activated its red and blue lights and sirens, however, the defendant refused to stop. He continued down Moon- shine Hill Rd and around the Riverstone Tce roundabout the wrong way,'' Mr Ford said. Burney then went onto State Highway Two and accelerated to more than 174kmh as police attempted to stop him. The defendant approached the Gibbons St lights. A large truck was travelling in the left hand lane heading towards Totara Park Rd. The defendant was unable to pass the truck so he drove into the right hand lane and through a red light situated at the Gib- bons St intersection.'' Police lost sight of Burney again when he turned into Totara Park. He was found a short time later and a breath screening test showed a result of 192 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, Mr Ford said. Defence counsel Shanna Bol- land said Burney did not stop because he was scared and sub- mitted that pre-sentence reports were needed before sentencing. Judge Peter Hobbs remanded Burney on bail until sentencing on April 26 and warned him to abide by his bail condition not to drive. You get in a motor car you will make matters worse and might find yourself in jail.''
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